Salah returns second positive coronavirus test ruling him out of Liverpool game

Mohamed Salah tested positive for coronavirus on Friday and has done so for a second time, which appears to rule him out of Liverpool’s next fixture, against Leicester on 22 November.

The Reds forward has returned the positive results while on international duty with Egypt but despite contracting the virus, he is in ‘high spirits and not showing symptoms.’

Nevertheless, the positive results mean he will have to comply with the UK government’s rules, which state he will have to go into 10 days of isolation after the first result, which came on Friday 13 November.

This will rule him out of the Leicester game and makes Salah a doubt for the Champions League match against Atalanta on 25 November, as he will not have trained with the squad beforehand.

An Egyptian Football Association statement read: ‘Egyptian national team and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has undergone a second test and results have confirmed that Salah tested positive for Covid19.

‘All necessary medical precautions have been taken in line with the global medical protocol and under the supervision of Dr Mohamed Sultan, head of the medical committee at the EFA, as well as Dr Mohamed Abou El Ela, Egyptian National Team doctor.

‘While the first swab has offered a positive result, the Egyptian FA has decided to carry out a second test to confirm the result.

‘Salah is keeping a high spirit and is not showing any symptoms of the virus. He has been isolated and the National Team’s doctor is currently liaising with Dr. Jim Moxon, head of Liverpool FC’s medical staff, regarding this matter.’

Liverpool travel to Brighton on 28 November in the Premier League and Salah will be back for that one.

Jurgen Klopp is dealing with a number of selection headaches in the meantime, though, especially in defence where Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomex and Trent Alexander-Arnold are all out.

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